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From The CriticsReviewer: Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: This13th edition continues in the tradition of its predecessors of being arguably one of the best anatomy and physiology textbooks available. It integrates the classic text with online multimedia aids. The previous edition was published in 2008.
Purpose: "Helping Teachers and Students Succeed Together" is the foundation of this book. This edition offers a balanced presentation of content, integrating online animations, visualizations, and MP3 downloads to reinforce concepts.
Audience: Written for healthcare students taking two semesters of anatomy and physiology, it is used in many healthcare programs.
Features: The book uses a homeostatic approach. It begins with chemical, cellular, and tissue levels of organization, then progresses into integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems before moving into the various organ systems throughout the body. Each chapter begins with a statement, a brief overview of the chapter, and chapter objectives and contains numerous images, drawings, tables, and figures, plus Clinical Connections that highlight clinical relevance. Chapters end with a disorders section followed by medical terminology, chapter review and resource summary, self-quiz questions, critical thinking questions, and answers to figure questions posed within the chapter.
Assessment: This is an outstanding anatomy and physiology textbook and ranks with other classics such as Hole's Human Anatomy and Physiology, 12th edition, Shier et al. (McGraw-Hill, 2010). Not only is it excellent for healthcare students, it also would be appropriate for high school students and as a reference in libraries.